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Mobile apps will have to disclose how a user’s personal data will be used before users download them.

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Are you aware of the legal implications of using mobile technologies within your institution? Our latest webcast 'Mobile Technologies and the Law' will address the legal aspects of the use of mobile technologies in HE and FE institutions.

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Universities UK failed to convince the government that research data should be exempt from release.

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The Publishers Association says new copyright exceptions are not required where the proposed ‘digital copyright exchange’ is in place.

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The ECJ held that the owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system.

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The ICO imposed an £80,000 fine on a council in England for failing to take appropriate measures to ensure the security and appropriateness of disclosure when emailing personal information.

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This paper looks at the legal issues involved with the use of mobile technologies.

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Large fines imposed on councils after insufficient security measures led to highly sensitive information being compromised.

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JISC Legal's website will be undergoing essential maintenance from 5pm on Friday, 10 February.  The works are expected to last several hours.

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The US National Institute of Standards and Technology has recently published its Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing, which although from the US perspective, provides some useful practical recommendations.

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The 3rd edition of Paul Pedley's Essential Law for Information Professionals is now available from Facet Publishing.

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The IPO is holding a free copyright consultation event on Tuesday 21 February 2012 10:30 - 12:30 in Edinburgh.

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The Ministry of Justice has put out a call for evidence to data controllers and other interested groups on the likely impact of the proposed EU Data Protection Regulation and Directive.

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A teacher has faced a disciplinary hearing because of her posts on the social media website Facebook.

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A new report published by Beatbullying considers the state of cyberbullying amongst children, young people and teachers in the UK. 

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Belief that copyright permission has been granted is no defence to infringement of copyright if no valid permission was, in fact, given.

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The recent demise of a file sharing service highlights the risks for colleges and universities in considering a move to the cloud or other external service providers.

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Scottish Parliament to approve the appointment of Rosemary Agnew as the new Scottish Information Commissioner.

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The new ICO  guidance is a plain English guide aimed at public authorities and provides a basic overview of the law.

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We have introduced shortened URLs to make life easier for you.

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A tribunal found that where emails are deleted but still exist on back-up servers, they are nonetheless considered to be ‘held’ by an organisation and subject to FOI legislation. 

 

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On five occasions, a local authority sent sensitive personal information about children and carers to the wrong people causing obvious ‘serious upset’.

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The ICO has launched a campaign called Access Aware aimed at increasing awareness within organisations of their data protection obligations in particular what a subject access request looks like and what to do if one is received.

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A serious case review found that a school had failed ‘on every level’ to prevent sexual abuse of pupils by a teacher.

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The new proposals aim to update and harmonise the current EU data protection regime including strengthening individuals’ rights.

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A juror who researched a defendant's history on the internet and forwarded details of what she found to fellow members was sentenced to a six month prison term. 

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A digitally altered image was deemed ‘sufficiently original’ where it was a product of deliberate choice and manipulation, expressing skill and labour.

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The increased use of Twitter, Facebook and email within institutions has led to a rise in unacceptable professional conduct.

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The Intellectual Property Office is looking for input on the new small patent claims procedures proposals, which have been designed to simplify and speed up the process.

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New guidance for colleges and universities has been produced to help maximise the return on investment in knowledge transfer activities.

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Social networking sites are changing privacy settings by default which means users' information could be passed on to third party sites.

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JISC Legal is working in partnership with JISC Advance and RSC Wales to offer a free online seminar on Cloud Computing and the Law.

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A new special report to the Scottish Parliament discusses the current state of FOI in Scotland.

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The EU Commission will clarify how ISPs and website hosts should deal with removing and blocking access to illegal content.

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Further to our news posting last month, we can confirm that the proposal for the review of the EU Directive (95/46/EC) has been delayed until late February/March.

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The ICO has updated guidance on how public electronic communications service providers should respond to security breaches.

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The Public Sector Equality Duty Guidance for Wales is now available and includes eight guides on the specific duties.

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Following discussions with the BBC and Channel 4, the ERA Licensing Scheme recently confirmed that changes have been made in order to support access to some BBC and Channel 4 on-line services, for educational purposes.   

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The ICO describes its approach to security compliance, information rights outcomes sought and current fields of action.

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Gay pornography was not capable of “depraving and corrupting” according to a jury.

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The Law Society has published a practice note that examines the use of LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. 

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FE and HE institutions have an opportunity to contribute their views on copyright licensing in the UK as Richard Hooper issues a call for evidence as part of the independent feasibility study into the development of a Digital Copyright Exchange for the UK (DCE).

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The Office of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner this week published its report of an audit of Facebook Ireland Ltd.  

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Colleges and universities have the opportunity to provide evidence of their own experiences in working with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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The UK Government has highlighted the cost burden which may be placed on public authorities in complying with some FOI requests for information.

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The ICO has published new guidance on access to official business held in private email accounts.

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The Advertising Standards Authority recently reported a marked increase in complaints about digital marketing communications, following a change to their remit in this regard earlier this year.

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A consultation has been announced to gather evidence on proposals to widen copyright exceptions including private copying, non-commercial research and library archiving.

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Guidance has been issued by the ICO on how the rules apply for those operating websites and using cookies.

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A leaked draft EU regulation reveals that legal requirements under data protection law will be tightened up.

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